Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings want Adrian Peterson to play entire career in Minnesota "The Minnesota Vikings placed star running back Adrian Peterson on injured reserve Friday, though both team and player are hopeful for a December return in the event of a playoff run. Surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus was deemed a success, but there's no definitive timetable for his return...." September 25

  • No issues for Panthers, Vikings getting to stadium

    Pro Football Talk "Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams doesn’t like being told that he’s old. If he continues his run of early-season success on Sunday, he’ll be hearing it a lot more. With 63 yards rushing against the Eagles, Williams will become the oldest player in NFL history to rush for 300 yards in his..." September 25

  • Protesters hope to block entrances to Panthers' stadium

    ESPN "Police are on high alert for the Carolina Panthers' home game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Charlotte after learning that protesters are planning to block entrances to the stadium, according to sources. A source told ESPN's Michael Eaves that police got word Saturday night that..." September 25

  • Panthers-Vikings game declared 'extraordinary event,' allowing for extra security

    WSOCTV "The Charlotte Interim City manager and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police declared the Panthers vs. Vikings game an extraordinary event, after days of protests against a deadly officer-involved shooting. An extraordinary event allows for tighter security and bans certain items from being..." September 25

  • Vikings' Matt Asiata: Gets start at running back

    CBS Sports "Asiata is listed as the starting running back for Sunday's game against Carolina, ESPN reports. " September 25

  • Report claims Vikings teammates "upset" over Peterson surgery decision

    Sportsnaut "Before opting for surgery that will keep him sidelined for the next few months, Adrian Peterson was weighing his options. He could have opted for a riskier procedure that would have gotten him back on the field in potentially a few weeks. But he ended up choosing the best solution for the long..." September 25

  • Adrian Peterson targets rapid return

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has told people in and around the organization he believes he can be ready to play when he’s eligible to come off injured reserve in eight weeks, people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. However, that timeline is considered optimistic,..." September 24

  • Why the Vikings might be better without Adrian Peterson

    Fox Sports "Adrian Peterson’s credentials and resume are sterling and unquestionable. He’s a bionic force of consistency in a league where the running back is effectively a temp job. Peterson has carried the ball in 122 games in his NFL career, amassing more than 2,400 carries — 722 more carries than the..." September 24

  • Adrian Peterson posts questionable tweet about child abuse

    Total Pro Sports "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who’s out for awhile due to a recent injury, wants to bring awareness to racial injustice in this country much like San Francisco 49ers back-up QB Colin Kaepernick. Although, Peterson meant well – What he shouldn’t have done was post about child..." September 24

  • Vikings' Stefon Diggs: Doesn't have injury designation

    CBS Sports "Despite missing Friday's practice with a groin issue, Diggs doesn't have an injury designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game in Carolina, ESPN's Ben Goessling reports." September 23

  • Mike Daniels fined for hit on Sam Bradford

    Pro Football Talk "Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels has been hit in the paycheck for a hit on Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford. The NFL has fined Daniels $18,231 for roughing the passer. That’s the standard for that infraction." September 23

  • Vikings place Adrian Peterson on IR "The Vikings have placed running back Adrian Peterson on injured reserve, the team announced Friday. Peterson, 31, suffered a torn meniscus on Sunday, just two games into his 10th pro season. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata filled the void in 2014 when Peterson missed all but one game, and..." September 23

  • Sharrif Floyd out 'roughly 6 weeks' after meniscus surgery

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Another day, another Vikings starter has fallen and won’t get up in time for Sunday’s game at Carolina. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean damaged cartilage from his right knee, coach Mike Zimmer revealed after Thursday’s practice. Floyd had the same..." September 23

  • Ex-NFLer Napoleon Harris repels robbery, leads police to murder suspects "A south suburban state lawmaker appears to have played a role in the capture of three murder suspects from Georgia after being the victim of a mugging earlier this month. State Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) owns two Beggars Pizza franchises in Oak Forest and Harvey; and decided to give his..." September 23

  • Panthers, NFL monitoring Charlotte protests ahead of Week 3 home game

    CBS Sports "The Carolina Panthers and the NFL are monitoring the situation in Charlotte to see if moving the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings, set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, is necessary. According to a statement released by the team, they are in contact with the league as well as the police..." September 22

  • Carolina Panthers will play Sunday's game at home amid Charlotte protests

    USA Today "The Carolina Panthers will not be moving Sunday’s home game against the Minnesota Vikings after all. The team was discussing the status of Sunday's game with law enforcement and NFL officials amid the riots that have left the city of Charlotte under a state of emergency, but intend to still..." September 22

  • Statement From The Vikings Regarding Adrian Peterson's Surgery "Adrian Peterson had a successful lateral meniscus repair this morning. The surgery was performed by team physician Chris Larson at Twin Cities Orthopedics. There were no additional injuries or issues noted in or surrounding the knee joint during the surgical procedure. The rehabilitation process..." September 22

  • Alex Boone says criticism of offensive line is “right and fair”

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings guard Alex Boone praised the toughness of quarterback Sam Bradford in the aftermath of Sunday’s victory over the Packers. Adding to Boone’s impression of Bradford’s toughness is Boone’s impression of his quarterback’s slender physique. “When you’re looking at him you’re like, ‘Where’s..." September 21

  • Adrian Peterson likely out against Carolina

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings are preparing as if running back Adrian Peterson will miss this week's game with the knee injury he suffered on Sunday, a league source told ESPN's Ed Werder on Wednesday. Peterson has been provided with multiple options about how to treat what coach Mike Zimmer said..." September 21

  • Here's why it's possible we've seen Adrian Peterson's final game with the Vikings

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, the world saw Adrian Peterson limping towards the locker room, through an area of fans, in the Vikings brand-new stadium. It might have been the last image Vikings fans will ever see of Peterson in purple. On Wednesday, news broke that Peterson, arguably the franchise's greatest..." September 21

  • Adrian Peterson will undergo knee surgery, expected to miss multiple games

    Larry Brown Sports "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is planning to undergo knee surgery this week, and he will likely need multiple weeks to recover. Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he has opted to have surgery and is optimistic it will help his torn meniscus fully heal. Adam Schefter..." September 21

  • Vikings Place Matt Kalil on IR; Sign RB Ronnie Hillman "The Vikings on Wednesday announced that left tackle Matt Kalil has been placed on injured reserve and that the team has signed veteran running back Ronnie Hillman. Kalil’s streak of 66 consecutive starts to open his career will come to an end Sunday when Minnesota visits Carolina to play a..." September 21

  • Why are NFL ratings plummeting this season?

    Sportsnaut "The National Football League remains the single most watched entity in North American professional sports. It’s not necessarily close. Really, the other three major sports leagues are simply battling for second place. Take the 2015 calendar year as an example of this. According to Sports..." September 21

  • Broncos' Von Miller among NFL Players of the Week "Von Miller abused Joe Reitz on Sunday, and it was enough to help him earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Broncos outside linebacker took matters into his own hands with his team clinging to a six-point lead following a nice comeback engineered by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck...." September 21

  • Coaches complained about lack of offensive holding calls in Week One

    Pro Football Talk "Most coaches complain when too many penalties are called. Following Week One of the 2016 regular season, many coaches complained about the absence of one specific type of penalty. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, complaints arose from the absence of holding calls. And for good..." September 21

  • Vikings pass Packers but lose Peterson

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- This was probably the debut of their new stadium that Minnesota fans dreamed of three weeks ago, with a different face under center. Although the midgame loss of the star running back may yet produce an offensive nightmare for the Vikings. In the first regular season contest..." September 19

  • Adrian Peterson reportedly has ‘ligament damage’ in knee

    Larry Brown Sports "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a knee injury during Sunday night’s win over the Green Bay Packers, and it sounds like he is dealing with more than a minor tweak. According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, initial tests revealed that Peterson has ligament damage in his..." September 19

  • Packers-Vikings down 16 percent from 2015 Week Two SNF

    Pro Football Talk "The trend is not the NFL’s friend. Through six nationally-televised 2016 prime time games, the ratings have dropped in comparison to the 2015 equivalent in each and every slot. Via SportsBusiness Daily, overnight ratings for the Week Two Sunday Night Football game pitting the Vikings against..." September 19

  • Vikings lineman Alex Boone wants Vikings fans to “shut the f*** up”

    The Comeback "The Minnesota Vikings long quest for a new stadium finally came to an end this year with the opening of U.S. Bank Stadium. However, the stadium does have some quirks the Vikings need to get used to. In a great move by the NFL, the Vikings opened up their new stadium against their arch-rival,..." September 19

  • It’s a torn meniscus for Adrian Peterson

    Bring Me The News "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson left Sunday’s win over the Packers with an injury to his right knee, and according to the Vikings it’s a torn meniscus." September 19

  • Mike Zimmer: Peterson’s knee “has calmed down now”

    Pro Football Talk "They’re still awaiting the results of an MRI this morning, but there’s some sense the news on Adrian Peterson could be something other than the worst case scenario. According to Ben Goessling of, those close to the Vikings running back said they hoped he had avoided major injury after..." September 19

  • Adrian Peterson leaves with apparent right leg injury "A poor night for Adrian Peterson just got worse. The Vikings running back has been ruled out of Sunday night's game after suffering a knee injury in the third quarter, per the team. Peterson hopped off the field without putting any weight on his right leg before being helped to the locker..." September 18

  • Sam Bradford will reportedly start for Vikings on Sunday night

    Yardbarker "In an entirely unsurprising revelation, Sam Bradford will reportedly start for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night against Green Bay. A source told ESPN’s Ben Goessling that Bradford would be the choice for the Vikings’ inaugural game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner..." September 18

  • Sam Bradford has ‘immersed’ himself in playbook since trade to Vikings

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "If you want to find out who will start at quarterback for the Vikings, there’s little need to call Sam Bradford’s father. He barely can get his busy son on the phone. Many believe Bradford will get the nod over Shaun Hill on Sunday night against Green Bay, the first regular-season game at U.S...." September 17

  • Sam Bradford on track to start for Vikings in stadium opener

    Pro Football Talk "The writing was on the wall earlier this week, when word emerged that quarterback Sam Bradford took all of the first-team reps at practice on Wednesday. That didn’t change on Thursday or Friday, which means (as reported by ESPN) that Bradford will start on Sunday night for the Vikings against the..." September 17

  • Vikings special-teams coordinator stands up for Blair Walsh

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings kicker Blair Walsh chased his season-limiting 27-yard miss in January with a rough Week One outing in Nashville. But the Vikings coaching staff continues to be firmly in Walsh’s corner. At least for now. “I would never look for another kicker right now,” special-teams coordinator Mike..." September 16

  • Jimmy Fallon roasts Packers and Vikings with ' Tonight Show' superlatives

    Fox Sports "You know the drill: Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show took some really funny but non-malicious shots at the players competing in the upcoming Sunday night NFL game. This week it's an NFC showdown between the Green Bay Packers (1-0) and Minnesota Vikings (1-0). This batch of superlatives cracked me..." September 15

  • 'Harambe' back in business after temporary jersey ban

    ESPN "Fans who want to customize their favorite team's jersey with "Harambe" on the back can do so once again as of Thursday, after the word mistakenly appeared on a retailer's list of banned words. ESPN has learned that an official with a Major League Baseball team, concerned that fans were..." September 15

  • Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford? Cat-and-mouse game with Vikings quarterback question continues

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With a 15-5-1 record against the Vikings, Packers coach Mike McCarthy is used to making the right calls when it comes to preparing for his NFC North rivals to the west. Wednesday, McCarthy said the Packers are expecting the Vikings to start Sam Bradford at quarterback. Unlike Titans coach Mike..." September 15

  • Sam Bradford seen taking 1st-team snaps while Vikings remain mum on Week 2 starter

    Fox Sports "Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer continues to "keep his cards close to the vest" like he said he would when it comes to whom his starting quarterback will be Sunday against the Packers. But it looks like we might have gotten a clue Wednesday which way he's leaning. According to Charley Walters of..." September 15

  • Harambe's legacy not respected by NFL Shop

    Sporting News "There are plenty of names you can't put on the back of jerseys at NFL Shop. BuzzFeed compiled a list of 50, and it includes names such as Ron Mexico (Michael Vick's alias), Carruth (as in Rae Carruth, the NFL player who conspired to murder his pregnant wife), He Hate Me (the popular XFL jersey)..." September 14

  • Mike Zimmer might not tell team who's starting at QB until Sunday

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer doesn't want the Green Bay Packers to know who his starting quarterback will be. He's committed enough to that goal that the Vikings players might not know who their starting quarterback is before Sunday night. Zimmer said again Wednesday he won't reveal..." September 14

  • Roger Goodell says eliminating kickoffs remains possible if the NFL can’t make them safer

    Washington Post "The NFL has enacted rule changes to try to make the kickoff safer for players. That effort will continue with further safety-related tinkering with the play, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But if such maneuvers fail, the elimination of the kickoff from the sport remains a future..." September 14

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams 2016 "Relocation and new stadiums drove NFL team values 19% higher over the past year, to an average of $2.34 billion. The Rams doubled in value, to $2.9 billion, after moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles. The Rams are scheduled to play three seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before..." September 14

  • DeAngelo Williams among Week 1 Players of the Week "Things that get better with age: A nice bottle of red wine, the "Mission: Impossible" franchise and Week 1 AFC Offensive Player of the Week DeAngelo Williams. Make no mistake, Williams did have two excellent seasons early on in his career with the Panthers. But after he failed to eclipse the..." September 14

  • NFL to launch new $100 million concussion initiatives to improve player safety

    Washington Post "The NFL is launching a new set of concussion-related initiatives under which the league will devote $60 million to technological development, aimed in part at improving helmets for players, and an additional $40 million toward funding medical research into the effects of head injuries,..." September 14

  • Finding a star receiver has become elusive for Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For decades the Packers have been defined by long-lasting Hall of Fame quarterbacks who produced four Super Bowl victories, and the Vikings for fearsome defensive linemen and talented receivers who have not been able to elevate their teams in the biggest games. Sunday, when the best rivalry in..." September 14

  • Lady Gaga Reportedly in Talks to Perform at Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show

    Complex "Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in Houston in February 2017. According to Billboard, the singer could clinch the biggest stage of the year because the NFL was impressed by her performance of The Star-Spangled Banner at the 2016 Super Bowl. The last year..." September 13

  • NFL tabs Sam Rapoport to help open job 'pipeline' for women at team level

    ESPN "The NFL has created a position to address the lack of women in coaching and scouting roles at the team level and named former women's football pro tackle player Sam Rapoport as director of football development. Rapoport's role will be to identify women who are knowledgeable about the game and..." September 13

  • Donald Trump Wants All NFL Protesters to Leave America

    Black Sports Online "Remember Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again”. That means he obviously thinks America isn’t that great at the moment, so it is quite ironic that he wants others who have problems with the country to leave, but not himself. “Well, I think it’s a lack of respect for our..." September 12